Moisturizing your skin is something that you need to do daily. Your skin needs the help as you age due to it being harder and harder for your skin to retain as much moisture with age. Proper moisturizing helps you to age gracefully as it helps counter this effect. Your skin stays moist and is less prone to damage. Trying to make sure the moisture reaches your skin properly can be a difficult matter depending on your skin type though. You need to make sure that the moisturizer actually manages to get past various layers of your skin to permeate it properly. Fortunately, you can help it do so in a number of ways. The steps to help aren’t even that difficult as most of us are already doing them as part of a normal routine. Making the most of a moisturizer is a simple as keeping your skin clean.
Rinse and Cleanse
Getting any product down to your skin properly is about how clean your skin is at the time you apply the product. Remember that your skin is constantly producing natural oils to coat itself and provide you with a moisture barrier that offers protection from the sun. This is good for your skin on a number of levels, but your skin isn’t capable of ensuring that all the excess is appropriately dealt with later. Remember that you need to rinse with lukewarm water at least a couple of times a day to clean your skin of oil and debris lightly. A cleanser can help further reduce the oils clinging to your skin and break up clusters of debris. This will allow a moisturizer or similar product to reach your skin faster and penetrate farther as it will have less to work through to reach your skin.
Exfoliation is important for similar reasons. Rinsing and cleansing will get rid of some of the oil and debris on your skin, but it won’t necessarily provide the best cleanliness on its own. Your skin is divided into layers with the uppermost level being a few layers of dead skin cells protecting the healthier, living skin cells beneath them. The skin is constantly shedding these cells to clean itself and remove unwanted irritants. Unfortunately, it isn’t capable of cleaning itself perfectly. The dead skin cells can fail to detach perfectly and end up clumping on your skin in the natural oils. You can help the skin shed by exfoliating regularly. Exfoliate after you rinse and cleanse to ensure your exfoliating product has the best access to your skin so that it can be more thorough. This will give your moisturizer an even better chance at reaching through the rest of your skin properly.
Remember That Product Choice Matters
The true penetrating power of a moisturizer is connected to how clean your skin is and your skin type. Some skin is better at absorbing moisture than others. You need to pay attention to how your skin behaves to learn what is appropriate for it. Too much moisturizing will work against you. People with dry skin will want to favor heavier moisturizing creams that are capable of sitting on the skin for a long time to provide an appropriate moisture seal. People with a more normal skin type will want to favor lighter products as a smaller amount of moisture is required by your skin than usual and the seal will not be as required. Thicker moisturizers do tend to stick around longer than other products and should be utilized when in drier climates for this reason as lighter moisturizers may evaporate away before achieving their goals.
Getting your moisturizer to permeate your skin properly involves keeping your skin as clean as possible before applying the moisturizer and selecting a moisturizer that suits your skin type. It needs enough time to be absorbed, but doesn’t need to linger so long that it becomes a problem. Fortunately, it is relatively easy to discover the right kind of moisturizer for your skin. All you have to do after that is what you’re likely already doing. Simple, isn’t it?